Toyota Field – The San Antonio Scorpions had a chance for redemption as they faced the FC Edmonton Eddies. Yes, the same team that handed them a 0-4 defeat to open the Fall Season on July 5. However, after their second game game against Edmonton, the frustration was clear.
Omar Cummings added another goal to his season tally as the Scorpions earned a point in a 2-2 draw with the Eddies in front of 4,319 fans at Toyota Field on Wednesday night.
In the 17th minute, Billy Forbes and Omar Cummings teamed up to give the red and black the early lead. Forbes had the ball in the box, but was tackled from behind and lost possession. Cummings got the loose ball and buried it past Edmonton goalkeeper Matt VanOekel to put San Antonio up 1-0.
Edmonton would tie the game in the 36th minute as tipped in a shot past Scorpions ‘keeper Daryl Sattler to make it a 1-1 game going into halftime.
After halftime, the Scorpions were very aggressive and finally banged one home. With a inspirational message from the injured Julius James playing on the video board, César Elizondo fired the ball into the back of the net to give the Scorpions the 2-1 advantage.
The Eddies would not go down quietly and made sure they left the Alamo City with at least a point. Cristian Raudales put home a one-timer past Sattler in the 72nd minute to even the score 2-2.
San Antonio had their best chance to grab the win just over six minutes later. In the 78th minute, Elizondo got the ball from Forbes and shot it over the crossbar, keeping the game locked at two goals apiece. Neither team would find the back of the net for the remainder of the game as the match ended in a draw.
“Look at how many opportunities we created,” Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina said. “Matt VanOekel, their keeper, has been the man of the match two games in a row, the last two games. To be fair, he comes up with massive saves and that was the difference tonight.”
Forbes had assists on both goals and made Scorpions history by appearing in his 35th consecutive game, a new record.
“It feels good, it really shows how much the club appreciates me being here,” Forbes said of the achievement. “I really love this club. Unfortunately, we just came short tonight. Hopefully, those two assists I got tonight will count for something. I feel good for tonight, though.”
The draw gave San Antonio a point, moving them into a five-way tie for first place in the NASL table.
The Scorpions are now 1-1-1 (4 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday when they face the Carolina Railhawks at 6 p.m. inside WakeMed Soccer Park.